New Zealand is the 4th most democratic country in the world

Jacinda Ardern and her puppetmaster, Winston Peters

The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) claims that New Zealand is the fourth most democratic country in the world, behind Norway, Iceland and Sweden. I really don’t know what to say to that… but you know me. I will certainly give it a go. quote.

According to the EIU’s 2018 Democracy Index, New Zealand is one of 20 full democracies in the world. As often happens with such lists, top places are dominated by Scandinavian countries, with Norway rated most democratic, followed by Iceland and Sweden, while Denmark?is fifth and Finland eighth.

The US was in 25th place, having dropped from 21st in 2017, although the decline was partly to do with improvements in some other countries, the EIU said.

The US was among 55 countries classed as a flawed democracies, and had been in that group since 2016, mainly because of a serious decline in the public’s trust in the country’s institutions. Political polarisation had also become more pronounced in the US. end quote.

I would probably agree with the comments about the US, in that its system is designed deliberately so that despots can achieve very little. The end result of that, though, is that every president finds himself hamstrung and unable to progress many of his policies, as we are finding at the moment.

In Western Europe, a persistent decline in the quality of democracy had increased support for anti-establishment parties, on both the left and the right, EIU said. In the past 13 months anti-establishment parties took office in Italy and Austria, reflecting the continued failure of mainstream parties to address the concerns and insecurities of significant swathes of the population. end quote.

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Ah yes, EIU. Your bias is showing here. There is nothing undemocratic about anti-establishment parties, so long as they are elected democratically. This report is supposed to be a measure of democracy, not a measure of how many socialist governments there are in the world. quote.

The five categories used in the index are:
* Electoral process and pluralism, including whether elections are free and fair
* Function of government, with indicators such as whether freely elected representatives determine government policy, whether the legislature is the supreme political body, and whether there is an effective system of checks and balances
* Political participation, with indicators such as voter turn-out, percentage of women in parliament, and willingness to take part in lawful demonstrations
* Democratic political culture, including whether there’s enough societal consensus and cohesion for a stable, functioning democracy
* Civil liberties, with indicators such as whether electronic and print media are free, independence of the judiciary, and religious tolerance. e

For me, a principal indicator of democracy would be that the party that receives the most votes in an election becomes part of the government. That did not happen in New Zealand in 2017.

Instead, an old man with a grudge, with only 7% of the vote and no electoral seat for himself or for anyone in his party, was the one to decide who would be in the next government. The voters of New Zealand were ignored as he carried on with his own agenda, putting into power a bunch of hard left socialists and Marxists who had no political experience, and who have set the country onto a path of destruction that will take years to correct. Not very democratic at all.

If that meets the EIU’s definition of democracy, then the EIU is just another biased organisation that thinks the words ‘democracy’ and ‘socialism’ are interchangeable. They are not. As Sweden is one of the countries that is ahead of us in the democracy stakes, but has been brought to its knees by immigration and globalisation, I think it is fair to say that the EIU have no idea what democracy really is.

It would be fairer to say that New Zealand is the fourth most socialist country in the world, with our communist prime minister and our recent commitment to the UN compact for migration. That may be true, but there is certainly nothing democratic about it.

Comrade Jacinda Ardern
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